Just two weeks after going on sale, Citroen’s striking new C4 has been named Britain’s Best Hatch at the 2005 Top Gear Awards, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, beating rivals such as the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and VW Golf to claim its first major prize.
Judges drawn from both the influential TV programme and magazine recognised the C4’s all round capabilities, and were particularly impressed with the car’s styling, interior design and technical innovations, which have set new standards in the class.
Announcing the award, Michael Harvey, editor of Top Gear magazine, said, "The Citroen C4 is a car you can actually relate to. Pretty, distinct, beautifully designed and clever, we've fallen for it big time."
When reviewing the C4, Top Gear described it as a car of radical design, free thinking, intelligent solutions and trailblazing innovation. It also commented on the C4’s fine dynamics and smooth riding refinement, as well as the interior with its revolutionary fixed hub steering wheel and easy-to-read translucent digital display.
Technical innovations on the C4 specifically praised by Top Gear included the Lane Departure Warning System, which uses sensors to detect if the car is drifting across lanes, possibly because of driver tiredness, as well as the use of laminated side glass, another class first, which improves protection against thieves and boosts interior refinement by reducing noise levels.
The new Citroen C4 is available in a choice of 22 models with eight engines and two body styles - the dramatically styled coupé and the attractive five door hatchback. Recommended retail prices range from £11,095 through to £18,395.Published 1 December 2004